We love getting our hands on the latest international brands, but we can’t help but feel a rush of Aussie pride when we reach for our own homegrown heroes.
It’s no surprise Australia is home to so many incredible natural skin care brands because we have some of Mother Nature’s best skin-loving ingredients in our backyards. If you want glowing skin all while supporting local then you need to know about these eight natural skin care brands. Plus, we share our top product picks from their nature-infused ranges.
People For Plants
People For Plants is the brainchild of husband and wife team Andrew Brown and Anna Addicoat, and came about because Anna suffered from dry, itchy and irritated skin during her pregnancy. After discovering that a blend of organic ingredients was the only thing that could soothe her symptoms, they decided to handcraft their own organic potions on a larger scale. The result is a range of ‘field to face’ certified organic skin care products that contain highly potent and pure ingredients to help nourish, soothe and protect the skin.
Must-try natural skin care buy: People For Plants Pomegranate, Burdock, Shea Night Cream
Utilising the power of pure, skin-enhancing botanical extracts is this Australian brand's ethos, and its natural skin care products and the results they give certainly prove it to be true. A’kin creates its hard-working products by selecting natural ingredients that work in synergy with the skin, and extracting them in a way that retains their goodness. Better yet, every step of the process used to create A'kin's effective skin care products is done in an environmentally-friendly way.
Must-try natural skin care buy: A’kin Cellular Radiance Booster Oil
The Jurlique story started back in South Australia in the 1980s with a dream to connect people back to nature. Today, the Australian skin care brand is famous not only for its prestige products but its biodynamic farming and formulation process, which combines the best of nature and science to create the purest, most powerful skin care possible. And to this day, most of its iconic natural ingredients - rose, calendula and lavender - are still grown in the Adelaide Hills where Jurlique first began.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
The Jojoba Company
Jojoba and its fruit - a delicate little bean - that produces a rich, golden liquid wax, is the only plant on our planet that produces a wax similar to that found in young, healthy human skin. So, it’s no wonder Ian Turner and his daughter Vicki Engsall used the jojoba crop on his estate in New South Wales to create a unique, effective skin care range under The Jojoba Company name. Its tagline “Good for you, good for the earth” rings true thanks to its products’ ability to nourish, balance and regenerate the skin and its jojoba crops’ negative carbon emission rating.
Must-try natural skin care buy: The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba
Originally founded in Melbourne in 2007, Sukin has become one of Australia’s favourite natural skin care brands thanks to its low price points, natural, vegan and cruelty-free formulations, and earth-friendly ethos. All its efficacious products are created using high quality botanical extracts and essential oils, and treat a number of skin issues and concerns. The brand’s favourite skin-loving ingredients include rosehip oil, kale, spirulina, argan oil, acai and goji berry, just to name a few.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Sukin Sensitive Pink Clay Facial Masque
KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr
KORA Organics was born after its founder, Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr, struggled to find effective organic skin care products in the beauty market that fitted in with her healthy, organic lifestyle. Today, the brand has over 20 certified organic face and body products, all of which contain a variety of natural ingredients - including Miranda’s fave noni (it’s a fruit) - to help nourish, replenish and hydrate the skin. One look at 33-year-old Miranda’s glowing, youthful skin and you know KORA Organics truly does feed the skin with natural ingredients that leave it radiant and revitalised.
Must-try natural skin care buy: KORA Organics Noni Glow Sleeping Mask
If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll love this Australian skin care brand. Its products are made using natural, organic oils and extracts, which aim to tackle sensitivity by gently cleansing, moisturising and soothing the skin. They also target a number of different skin care concerns, including dryness, fine lines, skin tone and texture. But the best part is the scents. GAIA’s fragrances are blended using pure essential oils, making its range of products a sensorial delight, too.
Must-try natural skin care buy: GAIA SKIN+BODY Facial Moisturiser
Founded and launched in South Australia in 1993, Kosmea is an international success story thanks to its iconic Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. The brand also combines the healing properties of rosehip oil with a number of other natural ingredients - think pea and green tea extracts, lilly pilly, aloe vera and carrot seed oil - to nourish, balance and soothe the skin. Its products are also free of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals making them an obvious choice for anyone concerned about their skin absorbing any nasties through product application.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Kosmea Rescue Balm
With over a decade of experience in bringing natural skin care and haircare products to Australians, Natural Instinct is all about delivering formulations that work, proving that you don't need to compromise on efficacy for natural ingredients. The brand is so set on delivering products of the highest quality, they've created their own Natural Ingredients Standard, unique authenticity standard for crafting truly natural plant derived products that are free from sulphates, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances, silicones, and so much more, as well contain EcoCert-approved ingredients.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil
Launched in 1993 by husband and wife couple, Max and Vivienne Ross, Natio focuses on creating simple and gentle plant-based beauty products specifically formulated for a contemporary lifestyle. One of the reasons why both the brand's skin care and colour cosmetics have become so popular is because they have a real focus on creating high-quality products that don’t break the bank. Natio’s skin care products also do a great job of bringing that spa feeling into your own bathroom - their formulas contain a precise blend of pure essential oils to balance, treat and relax the mind and body.
Must-try natural skin care buy: Natio Apricot and Orange 10 Minute Brightening Mask
Cherie is somewhat of a digital dinosaur, having kick-started her beauty writing career back in 2009 at PRIMPED alongside industry expert Zoë Foster Blake. Since then, her words have appeared online and on paper for BEAUTYcrew, POPSUGAR, beautyheaven, New Idea, and Fitness First, while her marketing know-how has helped brands such as L'Oréal Paris, The Body Shop, A’kin, and Dr. LeWinn’s add a journalistic flair to their digital content. She is a vocal advocate for (physical) sunscreen, is rather fond of a bold lip, and is utterly terrible at styling hair.